Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The importance of penmanship

How writing by hand makes kids smarter is an interesting article about why it is important children learn to write. The article starts with:

With the ubiquity of keyboards large and small, neither children nor adults need to write much of anything by hand. That's a big problem, says Gwendolyn Bounds in The Wall Street Journal. Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition — helping kids hone fine motor skills and learn to express and generate ideas. Yet the time devoted to teaching penmanship in most grade schools has shrunk to just one hour a week.

Here are some reasons:
Writing by hand can get ideas out faster
Writing increases neural activity
Good handwriting makes you seem smarter

Read the article for more details.

(Hat tip: Valerie Moon posted a link on Facebook)

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